Chelsea’s longest-serving player to quit the club at the end of the season

Chelsea’s longest-serving player Matej Delac will leave the club at the end of the season.
Matej Delac
Croatian goalkeeper Matej Delac joined Chelsea from Inter Zapresic in 2009 but has never made a first-team appearance. The 25-year-old is out of contract in June and, according to The Sun on Sunday, he is already on the hunt for a new team.

Delac has taken in 10 loan spells since signing for Chelsea but he has never officially been registered by the Premier League club due to work permit issues.

Speaking last November, Delac indicated his time with the Blues was coming to an end.
He said: “Yes, soon will come a time I'll have to leave Chelsea.
“Many people ask me do I regret coming to Chelsea so young, and not joining some smaller club, but I feel no regret.

“Your career can always be better, but I am 25 and have been through so much, met many coaches, players, gained experience.
“The problem was not my quality, Chelsea believed in me, extended my contract several times, but the problem was always work permit.”


 Despite his time at Stamford Bridge not going to plan, Delac insists he only has positive thoughts about the club.

He said: “Chelsea had a plan for my career, but you can not plan some things.
“As I arrived, aged 18, it seemed like some movie, I can't describe that feeling.
“I will remember the greatness of Chelsea FC, they raised me and taught me human and football manners.”

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